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Home 50th Anniversary Celebration of the FDLP Shared Regionals

50th Anniversary Celebration of the FDLP Shared Regionals

Celebrating 50 years

When: Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 1:00-2:30pm

Where: NDSU Main Library • 1201 Albrecht Boulevard, Fargo, ND

In 1969, Led Zeppelin released their first album, the first Boeing 747 took flight, the first artificial heart was implanted, and North Dakota became home to the first, and only, joint Regional Federal Depository. For 50 years, North Dakota State University Libraries and the Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota have shared government document collections and assisted users in North Dakota. Come celebrate the half-century anniversary of this partnership with a presentation by Sarah Kirkpatrick, Assistant Professor of Emergency Management, followed by a social with refreshments. The latest Libraries exhibit, Duck and Cover: Civil Defense in North Dakota, will also be on view. Get a sneak peak here. Also, don't miss the special fallout shelter experience at the event!

About the Partnership:

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) commenced in 1895 when the Government Publishing Office (GPO) was charged to provide libraries with copies of federal documents to "improve the distribution of our public documents and put them where they will do the most good to the greatest number of people."* It was not until 1962 established two categories of libraries within the program: regional and selective. Selective libraries limit their collections to specific subjects and weed materials over five years old. Regional libraries take on greater responsibility, maintaining comprehensive collections for the whole state, keeping all materials, and providing leadership to the selective libraries in the state. The legal process for this designation was initiated by Senator Milton Young in 1968, but both NDSU Libraries and UND's Chester Fritz Library had been part of the FDLP long before the joint regional designation. UND became a depository in 1890 and NDSU joined in 1907.

Together, the NDSU and UND Libraries embrace changes in technology to increase access to electronic and digitized content. This information provides the inhabitants of North Dakota with information produced by their government. FEMA flood maps aid in development planning, environmental studies give us greater insight into the world around us, weather reports track our climate, the USDA works with our institutions and farmers to feed the country, and NASA inspires us to reach for the stars. We work to provide continued access to the documents that tell the story of our nation and state. We are dedicated to our partnership and mission of providing the state of North Dakota with access to information we all need.

 

*Congressional Record, December 4th, 1894. Pg 28.

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